The Cotswolds is an area bounded by Cheltenham, Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon where you’ll find some of the finest landscape in England.
The hamlet of Notgrove lies on the top of the Cotswolds in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Bourton on the Water. Mentioned in the Doomsday Book, the Notgrove Estate is now a family farm of around 1500 acres. Set in some spectacular countryside it includes 400 acres of unspoilt pasture mostly in steep sided dry valleys, interspersed with mixed woodland copses. This land is primarily used for sheep whilst cereals are cultivated on the remainder. There are around 32 Cotswold stone cottages in the quiet and picturesque village, which is typical of the area. If you are interested in renting one of the estate cottages, please email email@example.com for an application form so we can put you on our cottage waiting list.
The Estate is managed by Harry and Diana Acland. They are both passionate about conservation, wild birds and animals. To support these, they have entered into a conservation scheme which promotes the preservation of our natural wildlife and birds. In particular Skylarks, Corn Bunting, Grey Partridge and Lawping. We have also seen a great improvement in the Hare and Hedgehog populations.
As well as conservation, we are also doing our best on the Estate to help the environment with a wide range of schemes including recycling bins for holiday guests, electric vehicles for our housekeeping and maintenance teams and solar panels for electricity. You can read about all the things we are doing on our Environment Credentials page.
Whilst staying at Notgrove Holidays, guests are free to use the permissive paths as per the map in the guest handbook, as are the residents of the village. All other visitors are welcome to walk or ride their horse/pony on the permissive paths but must apply and pay for an annual license prior to doing so. Licenses run from 1st September to 31st August each year and are £12 per walker and £24 per rider. All dogs must be kept under control at all times and always on a lead when in the vicinity of wildlife or livestock. To apply for a license, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harry and Diana Acland are also great supporters of the local community, especially local businesses who are wanting to start-up or expand their own business. In the last couple of years, Notgrove Estate has been able to help all of the following business start-up here at Notgrove:
Quad Quest – Electric quad bike adventures
Fat Squirrel – Axe throwing, bush craft and campfire experiences
Nuttery Cafe – Restaurant
Cotswold Tiger – Laundry company
Wild Food UK – Foraging walks
Cotswold Clay Club – Clay pigeon and rifle shooting
Harry’s Honey – Bee keeping courses and bee experiences
If you are interested in opening a business that would benefit Notgrove Estate, please do get in touch by emailing: email@example.com